Canal Luxury Cruise

I got to ride on a canal boat today and it felt luxuriously, unexpectedly cathartic.

Our first attempt to go on the canals was thwarted by our being late for the party – the first boat we wanted left just before we could buy our tickets, and would’ve been an hourlong wait for the next one. From that boat quay by Anne Frank’s house, we walked all the way to the Rijksmuseum hoping to see the Van Gogh Museum, veering by the Heineken Museum where we came upon our second chance to cruise. After a mere five-minute wait, wonder of wonders we ended up being the only passengers on an open-air sloep that made me feel like I won the canal boat lottery. Rather than be part of a small, intimate group, our ride turned into a private tour with its own personal guide who wasn’t shy about what he knew and thought about Amsterdam, geo-politics, and philosophical tenets, some of which would probably have been better left unsaid.  It was an unusual but refreshing take on an activity I’d done more times than I can count and one that gave me a new, more personal perspective of the waters that give Amsterdam a lot of character. It certainly gave me a fresh idea on a better way to enjoy this experience with others I care about in the future.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s